ESERA Summer School 2019

Crete, Greece

June, 4 – June, 9 2019

Notes on Applying: Students


Dear PhD student,

The organising committee is inviting applications for the forthcoming summer school from PhD students working in the field of science education research. Applications are welcomed from any PhD student who is a member of ESERA. Information   about   ESERA   membership can be found here:

Student applicants should first create an account and fill-up the fields of the Student Application Form visiting the following link ( Afterwards, they are called to log-in at the Submission Platform ( and submit an Abstract (max. 150 words) and a Synopsis of no more than 5 pages, including references.

Please include your surname in the title of the files uploaded into the ESERA Summer School 2019 platform (surname.docx).

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 2, 2018.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at


Guidelines for the Synopsis

Your Synopsis is important. It will provide the main basis upon which your application will be assessed (see “selection criteria” below).

A typical Synopsis should include the following elements:

  • an outline of the focus of your study (e.g. the topic it deals with, the problem or issue being addressed, clarification (if necessary) of the meaning of any key terms used in the study, the educational context of the study);

  • a short review of relevant literature;

  • a clear statement of the research questions the study will try to answer;

  • outline of the research design and methods;

  • preliminary findings (if available).

Please use sub-headings based on the bullet points above to indicate the main sections of your Synopsis.

Format of Synopsis

Please follow these formatting guidelines when preparing your Synopsis:

Top, bottom, left and right margins set at 3 cm. Typeface Times New Roman, 12 point, 1.5 line spacing throughout.

Begin the Synopsis with the Title (in bold). After a single line space give your name, institution and the name of your supervisor. The main text of your Synopsis should then follow, with sections headings (in bold) as appropriate.

The Synopsis should be no more than 5 pages, including references. Please, use MS Word, OpenOffice or other word processor (not PDF files).


Selection criteria

The maximum number of students attending the 2019 Summer School will be 49. Past experience suggests that it is likely that more than this number of students will apply. Should this be the case, the following criteria will be used to select successful applications.

  • Whether the PhD study is at an appropriate stage. In order to create optimal opportunities for discussion, and to enable the summer school to contribute to the students’ work, students should not be too near the beginning or end of their PhD work.

  • Clarity of research questions.

  • The coherence and clarity of the Synopsis as a piece of academic writing.

  • Attention to conventions of academic writing within the Synopsis (e.g. appropriate referencing).

Consideration will also be given to ensuring that a diversity of countries is represented at the summer school.

The quality of each student application will be assessed by two reviewers working independently. These reviewers will be experienced science education researchers from within the ESERA community.

Note: ESERA Summer School 2019 participants will be given the opportunity to take part in the ESERA Summer School poster session during the ESERA 2019 Conference in Bologna, without additional review of their proposal.


Publication of Synopses

The synopses of those students attending the summer school will be available as an e-book at the summer school and on the website. When students are informed that their application has been accepted, they will have to amend their Synopsis according to the reviewers' suggestions, ahead of publication.



Deadline for submission of student applications                        December 2, 2018

Confirmation of acceptance to students                                      January 28, 2019

Deadline for submission of revised Synopses                             February 15, 2019

Deadline for registration for the summer school                       February 28, 2019

Summer school                                                                                June 4 – June 9, 2019


Estimated Fees

Fee is estimated about 330€ including:

  • Overnight accommodation in shared double rooms with en-suite bathroom

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee/tea snacks during the summer school

  • Welcome reception

  • Conference dinner with traditional cretan dishes and music

  • Social program

  • All Summer School documentation

Should you wish to stay in a room on your own (without sharing) the cost will increase in total by 100€.


Organizing Committee (OC):

Dimitris Stavrou, Head of the OC, Professor
Michail Kalogiannakis, Vice-Head of the OC, Assistant Professor
Nikos Kapelonis, Member of the OC, Technical Laboratory Staff
Emily Michailidi, Member of the OC, Post-Doc
Athanasia Kokolaki, Member of the OC, Doctoral Student
Argyris Nipyrakis, Member of the OC, Doctoral Student

School of Education, University of Crete, Greece.


We look forward to receiving your application!